Tidbits on October 13, 2005
Bob Jensen
at Trinity University 

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Security threats and hoaxes --- http://www.trinity.edu/its/virus/

25 Hottest Urban Legends (hoaxes) --- http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp 

Click here for commercialization corruption of higher education --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/book05q3.htm#EducationCommercialization

Click here for business school ranking controversies --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/book05q3.htm#BusinessSchoolRankings


Music:

In the past I've provided links to various types of music available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm

Retirement Music:  Some days you can't win --- http://wandascountryhome.com/retirement/

Classical Music Glossary with downloadable samples for many music terms --- http://www.essentialsofmusic.com/
For me some downloads did not play as promised.

Short jazz clips --- http://www.jazzinamerica.org/l_audio.asp

Weird sounds if you're into that sort of thing (not for me) --- http://www.shef.ac.uk/misc/rec/ps/efi/

If only dreams came true:  Imagine All the People --- http://www.jessiesweb.com/imagine.htm
If the sound does not commence after 30 seconds, scroll to the bottom of the page and turn it on.

Train of Life (Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline) ---  
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/singingman7/TOL.htm

An Editor's Pick from NPR --- http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4930465
As a stadium anthem, it's not exactly "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Susan Orlean visits Boston's Fenway Park to unlock the secret connection between the Red Sox, their loyal fans and singer Neil Diamond's 1969 hit.

Audio:  Baseball Play-by-Play, Back in the Day

Photographs

Sensitive Light Photography (these are great) --- http://sensitivelight.com/

Fine Art Infrared Photography --- http://infrareddreams.com/

High Speed Photography --- http://www.rit.edu/~andpph/exhibit-7.html

Nice vintage photographs --- http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/vimages.html

Nice old pictures of people in NYC --- http://museum.icp.org/museum/collections/special/weegee/

Gray scale art photos (mostly of people) --- http://www.miahanson.com/gallery_ram.htm

Koscs Gábor's artistic gray scale photos --- http://www.photo.net/photodb/member-photos?include=all&photo_id=3375065




Katrina victims on a Carnival cruse:  Taxpayers get taken for the ride
When it was announced in the media that thousands of Katrina victims were going to be housed in three (docked) luxurious Carnival cruise ships I initially thought this was a great act of corporate benevolence.  But now it smells more like a corporate rip-off.  To date FEMA has paid Carnival Cruise Lines $236 million for six months of housing of evacuees according to Time Magazine, October 10, 2005, Page 15.  At current occupancy rates, that averages out to $2,550 per person per week.  On average, Carnival charges $599 for a one-week cruise in the Western Caribbean from Galveston.  And on a normal cruise, Carnival must bear the added cost of fuel, feasts, bands, and booze.  The Katrina victim cruise to nowhere is commencing to smell like a taxpayer rip-off.


There goes the competition:  Blackboard and WebCT will merge
Merger mania hit the higher education technology market again Thursday, as the leading provider of learning management systems, Blackboard, Inc., said it would acquire its top competitor, WebCT, Inc., for $180 million. When the two join forces in the next few months, the combined company will bear the Blackboard name but continue to support both companies’ products for the foreseeable future, to keep disruption to current clients to a minimum, the two companies said.
Doug Lederman, "Blackboard, WebCT to Merge," Inside Higher Ed, October 13, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/10/13/merger


"Vendetta Against Lesbians?" by David Epstein, Inside Higher Ed, October 13, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/10/13/pennstate

But looking back on her first conversation that year with Penn State women’s basketball coach, Rene Portland, Pearl Harris, Jennifer’s mother, recalls a passing comment by Portland that she took little note of at the time, but which she now sees as a sign of events that culminated in her daughter leaving Penn State last spring, toward the end of her sophomore year.

“She said I could rest assured that there were no gay individuals on her basketball team,” Pearl Harris recalled. At the time, Jennifer was also considering another university, and Portland told her that the coach at the other institution recruited lesbians – a scare tactic that may not be uncommon.

“I hear about that kind of negative recruiting all the time,” said Pat Griffin, a professor of social justice education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and director of It Takes a Team, a project from the Women’s Sports Foundation that promotes education about sexual orientation issues in women’s sports. “It’s very common that if the coach knows that athlete is considering another team, they’ll tell them not to go because they have lesbians in their program,” Griffin said. “What’s changed is that some athletes and their families won’t tolerate it anymore, and speak up, like Jennifer Harris.”

Portland is known as a top women’s basketball coach. She’s also known for her anti-gay comments, which go back much further than Harris. In the late 1980s and up until 1991, Portland acknowledged in newspaper articles that she did not want lesbians on her team. A profile of Portland in 1991 by The Philadelphia Inquirer prompted Penn State to expand its anti-discrimination policy to cover sexual orientation. After that, Portland, the two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association coach of the year, said she would abide by the policy.

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October 17, 2005 update
Rene Portland, the Pennsylvania State University women’s basketball coach,
responded Friday to allegations by Jennifer Harris, a former player, that Portland kicked her off the team because she thought Harris was a lesbian. Portland’s statement said she “felt the need” to tell everybody that Harris was dismissed for “her attitude in relation to basketball,” including disrespecting coaches and teammates, and her “performance in the classroom.” A
statement from the National Center for Lesbian Rights said it was “saddened” by Portland’s “attempt to divert attention.”
Inside Higher Ed, October 17, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/10/17/qt
 

The hard right, like fundamentalists of every ilk, would rather be ideologically pure than successful
What's interesting to me is that most of these wounds are self-inflicted. They draw a picture of a party that, for all its seeming dominance, isn't prepared to be the nation's governing party. The hard right, which is the soul of the modern GOP, would rather be ideologically pure than successful. Governing requires making compromises and occasionally getting your hands dirty, but the conservative purists disdain those qualities. They swim for that beach with a fiercely misguided determination, and they demand that the other whales accompany them.

David Ignatius, "Self-Inflicted Wounds," The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2005 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB112906497909065907.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep


An excess of idealism only seems to prove that the golden age of the Web is, in fact, right now

And all just under 15 years since the internet ceased to be a thing - a network of computers - and became a place. That was when Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist based in Switzerland, developed a way of linking documents to each other in a big web. That was when the frontier to a new society was opened. That was when it became possible for Jamie McCoy to swap a patch of the Embankment for a plot of the web. The size of Jamie's audience depends on who has linked to him. And blogging is all about links, a line of code that turns a piece of information into a destination, a refutation, a rebuttal, a recommendation. One new blog is started every couple of seconds. The total number is hard to estimate because no one agrees on the definition. Around 15 million is a conservative guess. The total number of pages on the web is around 600 billion, or 100 per person on the planet. The number of people with some access to the web is around one billion.
Rafael Behr --- http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1566979,00.html
(I thank Scott Bonacker for guiding me to this interesting article)

I hope I am wrong. I listen to today's web gurus, the people who preach freedom, and am fired with enthusiasm for the new digital society of the future. But I fear the odds are against them. An excess of idealism only seems to prove that the golden age of the web is, in fact, right now.
Rafael Behr --- http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1566979,00.html
(I thank Scott Bonacker for guiding me to this interesting article)


What if Casanova wore Haptic love britches/breeches?
Haptic sports garments, which use tactile signals to prompt the wearer to optimise their technique or to use specific muscle groups, are now being tested on rowers. Eventually, sensors in the garments will measure the speed at which the rower moves and how they coordinate their leg and body movements. If the rower deviates from the optimum speed or rhythm, pads worn at the ankle and waist start vibrating at the correct stroke intervals to help the rower recapture the winning action.
"Clothing gives sportsmen a kick up the pants," New Scientist, September 29, 2005 --- http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18825196.000


Medicine in the Americas, 1619-1914 (history) ---  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/americas/americashome.html



Can toxic mold cause serious injury if it is not consumed in food?

They concluded that no credible medical evidence has emerged to link mold exposure to the wide range of serious medical conditions associated with toxic mold syndrome toxic mold syndrome. "We know that mold can make people sick if they end up in the foods they eat," Oregon Health & Science University professor of medicine Emil J. Bardana Jr., MD, tells WebMD. "But there is little evidence that inhaled environmental mold exposure can cause the serious illnesses little evidence that inhaled environmental mold exposure can cause the serious illnesses that have been attributed to it."
Salynn Boyles, "Study Questions Reality of 'Toxic Mold' Illness:  Researchers Found Other Explanations for Sickness, WebMD, September 30, 2005 ---
http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/112/110566.htm?z=1727_00000_5024_hv_03
 

Old folks to get reduced medical benefits
Reversing her earlier decision, a federal judge ruled that companies may offer younger retirees better health-care benefits than they give older retirees who qualify for Medicare. AARP, the lobbying group for seniors, sued over the rule change proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on grounds that unequal health packages amount to age discrimination.
"Judge Reverses Ruling Affecting Retiree Benefits," The Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2005; Page D2 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112796439276055515,00.html?mod=todays_us_personal_journal


MSU links salary raises with medical plan cost increases
Many college administrators these days tell employees that one reason they can’t provide more money for salaries is that health insurance expenses keep rising. And many college employees don’t entirely trust the explanation. Michigan State University has crafted an unusual approach to this conflict. Members of nine of the unions that represent workers at the university have agreed to link their salary increases to the cost increases faced by the university in health insurance. Michigan State administrators — along with a union leader — described the arrangement in Orlando Tuesday at the annual meeting of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
Scott Jaschik, "A Labor-Management Deal on Health Care," Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/09/28/coalition

Jensen Comment: 
I've never been in favor of such compensation deals, because they will probably be designed in a way that harms non-participants in a college health benefit plan.  In academe there are many employees who opt out of the health care plan.  Usually this is because a spouse is contributing to an off-campus plan that is better for the entire family.  If all salary raises are held down due to increases in the costs of a college's medical plan, this is an unfair transfer from non-participants in the medical plan to participants in the medical plan.  In fairness, non-participants should get higher raises which, I'm certain, would raise a stir on most any campus.
 


There's a teensy-tiny little red speck on Google's search page.  What's its purpose?
"Google Shows How To Get Personal in An Unobtrusive Way," by Frank Ahrens, The Washington Post, October 2, 2005 --- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/01/AR2005100100216.html?referrer=email

Take a look high up in the right-hand corner of Google's search page. There, you'll see a link for "Personalized Home." There's a teensy-tiny little red speck next to it. If you look closely, you'll see it reads "New!" Maybe it's modesty, maybe it's all part of some nefarious plan to lull us into thinking Google is benevolent before they commandeer our thoughts (Gmail version 2.0?), but the omnipresent site seems opposed to using itself to promote itself.

After finding the link, users are directed to a version of the main Google page that has started to fill up. It consists of a basic template, including places for news headlines and weather. Also, a word and quote of the day, from your philosopher-kings, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

The page is self-explanatory: "Personalize your Google homepage," reads a prominent link. Clicking on the link shoves the main page to the right, exposing a left-hand rail of categories -- news, technology, lifestyle and so on, each with a handful of links to Web sites in the category. Links that doubtless do business with Google. (Disclosure: The Washington Post is one of the offered news sites.)

When clicked, the selected Web site appears on the main page to the right, with three top stories underneath. Each link can be dragged around your now-forming personal Google page and placed where desired. Thus, you assemble your page, block by block.

The page also lets users enter non-listed Web sites by address to create a category of bookmarked pages. A search field allows users to assemble a page by topic. A handy weather section is to the right, allowing you -- in theory -- to watch the weather in as many cities as you input. However, as this appears to be an early version of the site, weather reports are limited only to U.S. cities.

Google's new personalized page seems, at first glance, to be wildly unsophisticated and primitive compared to portals such as Yahoo and Lycos, which bristle and pop with links and video and other geegaws. But Google gets addition by subtraction: It has what I want and only what I want, which most importantly includes no ads floating, crawling, flying or slithering across my nice, white page.
 


From The Washington Post on October 3, 2005

How many blogs does blogging search engine Technorati index?

A. 230 million
B. 70 million
C. 17 million
D. 8 million

Bob Jensen's threads on Weblogs and blogs are at http://www.trinity.edu/~rjensen/245glosf.htm#Weblog


Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies --- http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/hcpds/


Curriculum Trends
Some new university programs --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/09/28/new


Are you getting stuck in traffic jams in your city? 
You may want to check out the following:

One of the leaders in this market, http://www.traffic.com/  (previously Mobility Technologies), recently announced plans for an initial public offering. And a flurry of other activity may mean this is a corner of the information services market to keep an eye on. Traffic.com provides real-time traffic information in 24 of the country's largest metropolitan areas. It owns, and continues to expand, a wireless digital sensor network for collecting traffic and logistics data.
Jon Burke, "Traffic Taming," MIT's Technology Review, October 3, 2005 --- http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/10/wo/wo_100305burke.asp?trk=nl


Excerpt from Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money by James Engell and Anthony Dangerfield (University of Virginia Press, 2005, ISBN 0-8139-2331-X)

LEADING THE SELF INTO THE WORLD

Each one of us is always in peril of not being the unique and untransferable self which he is.  The majority of men perpetually betray this self which is waiting to be; and to tell the whole truth our personal individuality is a personage which is never completely realized, a stimulating Utopia, a secret legend, which each of us guards at the bottom of his heart.

--ORTEGA Y GASSET, "THE SELF AND THE OTHER," 1939
(TRANSLATED BY WILLARD R. TRASK)

The most authoritative, trusted study on the subject of student expectations and motives, a yearly poll of college-bound high school graduates conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, reveals that in thirty years, from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, a total flip-flop occurred.  Of all freshmen entering college, the number who expect higher education to enhance future job security and assure high-wage employment increased during those three decades from about 20 percent to 80 percent.  At the same time, those who expect to develop values, form a broader social vision, experiment with varied forms of knowledge, and formulate a philosophy of living slid from 80 percent to 20 percent.  In 1998 three-quarters of all freshmen cited most frequently, and by a significant margin, as a "very important reason" they decided to go to college

    (a) to make more money (75 percent), and

    (b) to get a better job (77 percent). 

In 2002 these percentages remained almost the same.  In 1998 fewer than half saw improved reading skills or becoming more cultured as strong motivations at all.  In 2002 the one final objective considered "essential" or "very important" and identified by male freshmen more than any other (75.3 percent) was "being very well-off financially," which outranked raising a family.  For female freshmen, raising a family barely edged out being very well off financially as their top choice.  For men and women, the six lowest objectives considered important were "influencing the political structure," helping "clean up the environment," "making a theoretical contribution to science," "becoming accomplished in one of the performing arts," creating artistic work," and, last and least, "writing original works" (American Freshman; CHE Almanac 2003).  As early as 1980, Arthur Levine, writing for the Carnegie Council series and entitling his study When Dreams and Heroes Died: A Portrait of Today's College Student, noted several distinct trends set in motion in the late 1970s.  Grade inflation (see chap. 5) and careerism rose.  Altruism and basic skills fell.

Click here for more on commercialization corruption of higher education --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/book05q3.htm#EducationCommercialization


This could be hair raising for bald men
A single protein can help a bald mouse sprout a coat of fur, a new study suggests. Researchers working with genetically hairless mice have successfully coaxed hair growth, results that provide a better understanding of the mammalian hair cycle. Hair is normally maintained through a process that depends on the regeneration of tiny hair follicles. For humans and mice that have mutations in the Hairless gene, hair growth starts out normally, but once a strand is shed it cannot grow back. But just how Hairless controls the follicle regeneration process was unclear. Catherine C. Thompson of the Kennedy Krieger Research Institute and her colleagues determined that the Hairless protein is normally expressed in progenitor cells that are key for the rest and regrowth phases of follicles. When the team provided the protein to these types of cells in mice genetically modified to lack hair (see image, top), the animals eventually grew a coat of thick fur (see image, bottom).
"Protein Gives Bald Mice Luxurious Locks," Scientific American, September 27, 2005 --- http://sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=0000A5E6-5C9F-1338-9C9F83414B7F0000


The measures were "bureaucracy gone mad"
Viewing of newborns should be a somber affair:  No cooing allowed

A West Yorkshire hospital has banned visitors from cooing at new-born babies over fears their human rights are being breached and to reduce infection. A statement from Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax said staff had held an advice session to highlight the need for respect and dignity for patients. On one ward there is a doll featuring the message: "What makes you think I want to be looked at?" But Labour MP Linda Riordan said the measures were "bureaucracy gone mad".
"Cooing at new-born babies banned," BBC News, September 26, 2005 --- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/4284522.stm


Time to grow up:  Kentucky women instigate a not-so-funny poopy prank
An alleged prank by two former workers at an Estill County nursing home could send them to prison. Lisa Kilburn, 27, and Kim Congleton, 30, both certified nursing assistants at Irvine Health and Rehabilitation Center, are accused of giving laxatives to patients who did not need them. The intended targets of the prank were nursing assistants on the next shift, Attorney General Greg Stumbo said in a statement, calling the conduct “an outrage to human decency and dignity.” Elderly and medically fragile patients who were given the suppositories reported pain and rectal bleeding. As many as eight patients were affected, said Vicki Glass, spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office. The alleged incident occurred Oct. 18, 2004. The nursing home reported the incident to state and local authorities, said Glenn Cox, its administrator.
Peter Matthews, "Laxative prank could put former nursing home workers in jail," Kentucky.com, September 27, 2005 --- http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/12756492.htm


The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper, or his keeper's brother.
Evan Esar as quoted by Mark Shapiro at http://irascibleprofessor.com/comments-09-29-05.htm

Find out more about Intelligent Design (ID) origins which, in my viewpoint, divert our attention from serious science and serious motivation for our children to understand science --- http://irascibleprofessor.com/comments-09-29-05.htm

Also see "To Debate or Not to Debate Intelligent Design?" by Gerald Graff, Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/09/28/graff


"GERMAN SCIENTISTS IN US: WE'LL COME HOME IF CONDITIONS IMPROVE." Deutsche Presse, September 28, 2005 --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1492812/posts

A group of German scientists working in U.S. have sent an open letter to German education authorities saying that they would return to their homeland - but only working conditions improve there, a report coming out Thursday said.

The letter, titled ``The Future of Science'' and signed by more than 100 German scientists in the United States, said the weekly Die Zeit newspaper.

Its initiator was the German Scholars Organization (GSO), an association of German scientists in North America.

Eicke Weber, the GSO head and a professor of material sciences at the University of California-Berkeley estimated that 80 per cent of young German scientists in the U.S. would prefer to teach and do research in their homeland, the report said.

The number of German scientists potentially involved is not small: the report says about 6,000 young Germans are working at American universities and other institutes.

Supporters of the letter include Wolfgang Ketterle, a German native and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2001 who is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The scientists say in their letter that professors in Germany should be chosen in transparent procedures and by commissions that include non-Germans.

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Project Gutenberg --- http://www.promo.net/pg/
Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the world. Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has the following figures (as of November 8th 2002): 203 New eBooks released during October 2002, 1975 New eBooks produced in 2002 (they were 1240 in 2001) for a total of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks. 119 eBooks have been posted so far by Project Gutenberg of Australia.

Bob Jensen's links to electronic books and journals are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm#ElectronicBooks
 


"The Year of Spending Dangerously," by Jeff Flake (Republican Representative from Arizona), The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2005; Page A16 ---
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112787725249954279,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep

Traipsing down a flower-strewn path unpricked by the thorns of reason.

Perhaps no adage more accurately describes Congress right now. In the midst of a national debate on how to pay for hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild hurricane ravaged communities, it has blithely authorized $2 billion for H.R. 250, "A bill to establish an interagency committee to coordinate federal manufacturing research."

There is virtue in getting back to "business as usual" after a tragedy -- if it is a business you ought to be in. But lavish spending on questionable programs should have been out of step with Republican principles before these two hurricanes struck. From any vantage point outside the Washington Beltway, it now looks even more out of place.

How did we get here? Is this the same party that just 10 years ago insisted on dollar-for-dollar spending offsets for its $15 billion response to the Northridge, Calif., earthquake -- with the California Republican delegation leading the charge? Where did we go wrong? And how do we convince the voters in the midterm elections that two more years of Republican control will produce anything more than bigger government and growing deficits?

Is it enough to reflect on the halcyon days prior to 9/11 when we delivered an impressive package of tax cuts? "What have you done for us lately?" the voters might ask. Simple: We have spent so profligately since then that it is becoming politically difficult to fully implement the tax cuts.

When we refuse, in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita, to consider postponing a universal prescription drug benefit that we could ill-afford prior to the devastation, and reject out of hand a national consensus that we reopen the infamous Highway Bill and finance the rebuilding of the bridge over Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana by canceling the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, we can hardly blame the voters for questioning our fiscal bona fides.

In the end, it probably won't matter much at the polls. Owing to the limited number of competitive seats nationwide, a shift large enough to jeopardize the Republican majority is unlikely. Furthermore, endemic Democratic ineptitude makes Republicans more attractive when graded on a curve. An understanding of this reality may explain the GOP's reluctance to assume its traditional limited-government mantle.

But there is much more at stake here than ballot victory or defeat. In the ashes of 9/11, we set a dangerous precedent that any victim of a terrorist act would be made whole, economically and otherwise, by the federal government. In the wake of Katrina/Rita, we risk setting an even more unsustainable precedent that it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure that victims of natural disasters are made whole as well.

After the next tornado in Kansas or wildfire in Arizona, these communities will assert similar claims on the nation's Treasury, and a compassionate Congress will have no right to ignore their petition. And then?

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Republican Congress's failure to discipline itself is sending us all down a flower-strewn path to financial insolvency. That the Democrats would get us there faster should be of little consolation to anyone.


"Heart of Darkness," by Fouad Ajami, The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2005; Page A16 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112787674304454271,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep

Zarqawi's war, it has to be conceded, is not his alone; he kills and maims, he labels the Shiites rafida (rejecters of Islam), he charges them with treason as "collaborators of the occupiers and the crusaders," but he can be forgiven the sense that he is a holy warrior on behalf of a wider Arab world that has averted its gaze from his crimes, that has given him its silent approval. He and the band of killers arrayed around him must know the meaning of this great Arab silence.

There is a cliché that distinguishes between cultures of shame and cultures of guilt, and by that crude distinction, it has always been said that the Arab world is a "shame culture." But in truth there is precious little shame in Arab life about the role of the Arabs in the great struggle for and within Iraq. What is one to make of the Damascus-based Union of Arab Writers that has refused to grant membership in its ranks to Iraqi authors? The pretext that Iraqi writers can't be "accredited" because their country is under American occupation is as good an illustration as it gets of the sordid condition of Arab culture. For more than three decades, Iraq's life was sheer and limitless terror, and the Union of Arab Writers never uttered a word. Through these terrible decades, Iraqis suffered alone, and still their poetry and literature adorn Arabic letters. They need no acknowledgment of their pain, or of their genius, from a literary union based in a city in the grip of a deadening autocracy.

A culture of shame would surely see into the shame of an Arab official class with no tradition of accountability granting itself the right to hack away at Iraq's constitution, dismissing it as the handiwork of the American regency. Unreason, an indifference to the most basic of facts, and a spirit of belligerence have settled upon the Arab world. Those who, in Arab lands beyond Iraq, have taken to describing the Iraqi constitution as an "American-Iranian constitution," give voice to a debilitating incoherence. At the heart of this incoherence lies an adamant determination to deny the Shiites of Iraq a claim to their rightful place in their country's political order.

The drumbeats against Iraq that originate from the League of Arab States and its Egyptian apparatchiks betray the panic of an old Arab political class afraid that there is something new unfolding in Iraq -- a different understanding of political power and citizenship, a possible break with the culture of tyranny and the cult of Big Men disposing of the affairs -- and the treasure -- of nations. It is pitiable that an Egyptian political class that has abdicated its own dream of modernity and bent to the will of a pharaonic regime is obsessed with the doings in Iraq. But this is the political space left open by the master of the realm. To be sure, there is terror in the streets of Iraq; there is plenty there for the custodians of a stagnant regime in Cairo to point to as a cautionary tale of what awaits societies that break with "secure" ways. But the Egyptian autocracy knows the stakes. An Iraqi polity with a modern social contract would be a rebuke to all that Egypt stands for, a cruel reminder of the heartbreak of Egyptians in recent years. We must not fall for Cairo's claims of primacy in Arab politics; these are hollow, and Iraq will further expose the rot that has settled upon the political life of Egypt.

Nor ought we be taken in by warnings from Jordan, made by King Abdullah II, of a "Shia crescent" spanning Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. This is a piece of bigotry and simplification unworthy of a Hashemite ruler, for in the scheme of Arab history the Hashemites have been possessed of moderation and tolerance. Of all Sunni Arab rulers, the Hashemites have been particularly close to the Shiites, but popular opinion in Jordan has been thoroughly infatuated with Saddam Hussein, and Saddamism, and an inexperienced ruler must have reasoned that the Shiite bogey would play well at home.

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Evidence that China may be taking a lead in education and research
Advanced Theory of Options Pricing (from China)

From the unique perspective of partial differential equations (PDE), this self-contained book presents a systematic, advanced introduction to the Black–Scholes–Merton’s option pricing theory. A unified approach is used to model various types of option pricing as PDE problems, to derive pricing formulas as their solutions, and to design efficient algorithms from the numerical calculation of PDEs. In particular, the qualitative and quantitative analysis of American option pricing is treated based on free boundary problems, and the implied volatility as an inverse problem is solved in the optimal control framework of parabolic equations.
MATHEMATICAL MODELING AND METHODS OF OPTION PRICING, by Lishang Jiang (Tongji University, China) --- http://www.worldscibooks.com/economics/5855.html

This book introduces research students and practitioners to the intuitive but rigorous hypermodel techniques in finance. It is based on Robinson's infinitesimal analysis, which is easily grasped by anyone with as little background as first-year calculus. It covers topics such as pricing derivative securities (including the Black–Scholes formula), hedging, term structure models of interest rates, consumption and equilibrium. The reader is introduced to mathematical tools needed for the aforementioned topics. Mathematical proofs and details are given in an appendix. Some programs in MATHEMATICA are also included.
HYPERMODELS IN MATHEMATICAL FINANCE:  Modelling via Infinitesimal Analysis," by Siu-Ah Ng --- http://www.worldscibooks.com/economics/4529.html


If aren't confused by telephone alternatives and acronyms, you just haven't studied this morass

"A Guide to Cellphone Technobabble:  How to Navigate Choices In Phones, Data Networks; Knowing SMS From MMS," by Walter Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2005; Page D10 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112785672842953691,00.html?mod=todays_us_personal_journal

Flip vs. Candy Bar: Almost all cellphones fall into one of these two categories, which relate to the cellphone's shape. Flip phones, also known as clamshell phones, open and close on a hinge, protecting the phone's numeric keypad from accidental dialing. Candy-bar phones are rectangular in shape and operate without having to flip open. Electronic key locks prevent accidental dialing on a candy-bar phone's always-exposed number pad.

Smart Phones: This term varies from company to company, but it generally describes a phone that has sophisticated email and Web-browsing capabilities and very strong organizer functions, like those of a PDA, in addition to the normal voice calling features. The best example of a smart phone is the Palm Treo, which is essentially a little computer, with a full keyboard and the ability to handle email, Web browsing, instant messaging, calendar and contacts, and synchronization with a PC.

Video Phones: Major cellphone carriers are hustling to get video services up and running on their networks, and the carriers each use different names for this service. But this capability to watch snippets of preselected, prerecorded television on your cellphone's screen costs extra and currently too often consists of stuttering, shaky footage that takes too long to load, making it more trouble than it's worth. Prime examples of such services are Mobi-TV and Verizon's V Cast.

Music Phones: Many cellphones can play music, but so-called music phones are designed to work like an iPod, allowing you to store and play back large numbers of real songs -- not just ringtones -- through music-player software. Most such phones are clumsy and limited, but they will likely improve, because several of the wireless carriers hope to start competing with Apple to sell downloaded songs. Top examples today are the Motorola ROKR, which uses Apple software, and the Sony-Ericsson Walkman phone.

Ringback vs. Ringtone: Ringtones, or songs that play out loud when your phone rings, have become so common that no one seems to notice when a pop or rock tune suddenly sounds from someone's pocket in the elevator.

Ringbacks, however, aren't yet as common. If you buy a ringback song to use on your cellphone (each costs a couple bucks and may require a small monthly fee), people calling you hear that song instead of the plain ringing tone most of us expect. These new tunes add some variety, but might confuse people not in the know, causing unwanted hang-ups. Be sure to tell your friends or family if you get a ringback, or assign the ringback only to certain callers' numbers.

World Phone: These are models that work both in foreign countries -- including Europe and, in some cases, Asia -- and the U.S.

SMS, MMS: Short Messaging Services, popularly referred to as "text messaging," offer a way to send text-only notes from one phone to the next. These data messages can cost extra if not incorporated in your cellphone plan, and they are usually limited to 160 characters.

Multimedia Messaging Services use short messages that include types of media other than text -- such as photos, videos and audio clips. As more cellphones are being sold with digital still and video cameras, MMS is becoming more popular, but it's still difficult to use in the U.S., especially between phones of different carrier networks.

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Now, for the harder stuff, the technobabble terminology cellphone marketers use to describe their technologies. Here are some brief, general definitions.

3G: This term stands for "third generation," and represents the fastest data-processing digital phones available, supposedly akin to having a broadband Internet connection on your cellphone. This term may have a precise engineering definition, but it has been distorted by so many marketing departments that it means wildly different things on different networks and in different countries. Generally, companies now label their fastest networks and phones "3G," but the term is of little help to consumers.

GSM: GSM, or global system for mobile communications, is the digital technology used by every wireless carrier in Europe and in many other areas outside the U.S. In the U.S., major wireless carriers confusingly run on two incompatible wireless technologies instead of one. Only two of the four major American carriers use GSM: Cingular and T-Mobile. And their version of GSM is slightly different from the one used in Europe, so even if you have a GSM phone in the U.S., it may not work in Europe.

One distinguishing characteristic of GSM phones is the SIM card, a sliver of plastic with a chip inside that slips into the back of the phone and stores account information and contacts. This saves GSM users time when they buy new phones; the SIM card can simply be removed, and its contents come with it onto the new device.

CDMA: Stands for code division multiple access. CDMA is the main competitor to GSM. It is most heavily used in the U.S., where it drives the networks of two of the big four carriers: Verizon Wireless and Sprint. CDMA is also used in a few other countries, notably South Korea and, to some extent, Japan. But, as with GSM, implementations of CDMA in different companies differ and aren't always compatible. Unlike GSM phones, CDMA phones don't use removable data cards to store account information.

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Both GSM and CDMA are evolving. Each is now available in new variations, identified by confusing new acronyms, that increase their speeds for data functions such as email and Web browsing, and for downloading or streaming music and video. These new, faster variations do little or nothing for regular voice phone calls. Right now, the CDMA carriers are ahead in the U.S., with the fastest data technology, called EV-DO. But the GSM carriers hope to catch up and take the lead with an emerging system called HSDPA. Here are some of the terms used for these high-speed networks.

GPRS: This is a version of GSM that offers slightly faster data speeds for email and Web browsing, around the speed of a dial-up home modem, or 50 kilobits per second.

EDGE: Another improvement in data speeds for GSM networks and phones. It typically runs at about 100 kilobits per second, which is about twice as fast as a dial-up home modem.

HSDPA: This technology -- whose full name is "high speed downlink packet access" -- is the next big jump in data speeds for GSM networks and phones. It is being rolled out in a few countries and is being tested in the U.S. It is the first GSM variation that will offer true broadband speeds, expected to reach several megabits per second in real daily use.

1xRTT: This technology is a slightly speedier form of CDMA, measuring a little faster than dial-up speeds on a home computer. At around 70 kilobits per second, it is a little faster than GPRS, but a little slower than EDGE.

EV-DO: This is the fastest cellphone data technology available in the U.S., and is available only on CDMA networks from Verizon Wireless and Sprint. At typical speeds of 500-700 kilobits per second, it is the first true broadband wireless network in the U.S. that has been widely deployed, about as fast as most wired DSL connections in homes.

EV-DO, which stands for "evolution -- data only," is up to 10 times as fast as 1xRTT and offers about triple the typical speeds of the fastest widely deployed networks in Europe. EV-DO is especially popular with "road warriors," because they can use an EV-DO card on their laptops and get broadband speed even when they are nowhere near a Wi-Fi "hot spot." Verizon's EV-DO network is now in about 65 cities and scores of airports. Sprint's is just getting started.


New Kodak camera failed two out of three times at Walt's home

"Wi-Fi Camera Offers Email, Quality Photos, But Still Needs Work," by Walter Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal,  September 29, 2005; Page B1 ---
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112795201058455279,00.html?mod=todays_us_marketplace

If a wireless device like a cellphone can have a built-in camera, why can't a camera have built-in wireless capability?

That's the question Kodak seeks to answer this week as it ships an unusual digital camera that's able to wirelessly email the photos it takes, and upload them to a Web site, all by itself -- without the need for a computer or a cellphone.

The $599 Kodak EasyShare-one camera comes with a Wi-Fi wireless networking card that pops up from a slot on the top of the camera to connect with any Wi-Fi network in range. Once connected, the camera can email pictures to friends and family and upload them to Kodak's EasyShare Gallery photo Web site.

I've been testing the EasyShare-one for several days, and I like a lot of things about it. The pictures are very good, the user interface is one of the best I've seen on any digital camera, and the three-inch color screen is the largest on any digital camera I've tested. When the wireless capability works, it works well. I was able to email pictures, and upload them to the Kodak Web site, directly from the camera.

But the wireless features didn't always function properly in my tests and in some cases required complicated technical work-arounds. Also, the camera has a few other downsides, including lousy battery life, especially when using the wireless features.

The EasyShare-one isn't the only camera with Wi-Fi capability. Nikon is shipping a Wi-Fi camera as well, but, amazingly, it can't connect to the Internet. Some other digital cameras have built-in wireless capabilities via Bluetooth. But Bluetooth is a short-range technology that doesn't connect directly to the Internet, and so it's mainly useful for beaming pictures to a PC or printer -- something the new Kodak can also do.

This new wireless Kodak model is part of an integrated strategy the company is pursuing to tie together its cameras and printers and the EasyShare Gallery Web site, formerly known as Ofoto. Once uploaded, the pictures can be stored and shared with others. You can also order prints of them or gift items emblazoned with them.

Not only can you upload pictures from the EasyShare-one to the online gallery site, but you can wirelessly download small-sized copies of photos already stored on the site into the camera -- so you can review them or show them to others right on the camera's beautiful screen. Up to 1,500 of these downloaded pictures can fit in the camera's internal memory if nothing else is stored there.

The EasyShare-one is a handsome, brushed-metal camera whose screen swings out from the body and swivels, much like the screens on camcorders. It has a maximum resolution of four megapixels, which is plenty for consumer photos. The lens features a 3X optical zoom. There's no optical viewfinder, which is too bad.

This camera can accept a memory card but doesn't include one. It does come with a relatively generous 256 megabytes of internal memory. Its startup and shooting speeds are relatively slow but acceptable for all but the fastest action shots.

A camera with Wi-Fi isn't as convenient for emailing or uploading photos as a camera phone. That's because you have to be near a Wi-Fi network or public "hot spot" for Wi-Fi to work. By contrast, the cellphone networks used by camera phones are much more widespread. On the other hand, no camera phone has the capabilities or picture quality of a real digital camera like the EasyShare-one.

When you pop up the Wi-Fi card on the Kodak camera, it seeks and connects to any Wi-Fi network in range. Then, it downloads the Web address for the Kodak Web site. After that, you can use the screen and stylus to select pictures you've taken and email them or upload them to the site. Emails don't actually contain the pictures. They provide links to view the pictures on the Kodak site.

This worked very smoothly in most cases. But at my home, the process failed two out of three times, even though the EasyShare-one connected smoothly to my very fast home Wi-Fi network. The reason was that the camera was often unable to download the Web address for the Kodak site. At first, the company said it was because of problems on its servers. But the problem repeated itself.

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State-mandated politically correct history curricula

"Schools Pushed on Diverse History Courses," by Michael Gormly, Las Vegas Sun, September 28, 2005 --- http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2005/sep/28/092801273.html

State legislators across the country are increasingly directing their schools to teach students more about the struggles and triumphs of different races and ethnic groups - a move critics say amounts to politically correct meddling.

In the latest such example, a new commission in New York will examine whether the "physical and psychological terrorism" against Africans in the slave trade is being adequately taught in schools. The commission is named for the slave ship Amistad, which was commandeered by slaves who eventually won their freedom in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The recommendations could mean rewriting textbooks, which may influence educators in other states, according to the National Council for the Social Studies.

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News Treasury Designates Seven Al Qaida Associates --- http://www.ustreas.gov/
The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated seven Egyptian individuals pursuant to Executive Order 13224 for acting for and on behalf of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a terrorist group that merged with al Qaida in 2001.


Friends in surrounding states like New Hampshire will be "stunning" for New Yorkers

"Ebay to Block Stun-Gun Sales to New Yorkers," by Mark Johnson, The Washington Post, October 11, 2005 --- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/11/AR2005101100745.html?referrer=email

Online auctioneer eBay Inc. will block the sale and shipment of stun guns and other illegal weapons to New York residents after working with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, it was announced Tuesday.

In an investigation that started last year, Spitzer's office found that eBay users were easily able to buy stun guns through the company's Web site. Investigators, posing as ordinary customers, bought 16 stun guns from 16 different sellers on eBay.

The sellers, 14 of whom are from outside New York, are believed to have sold more than 1,100 stun guns to New Yorkers from September 2003 to August 2005, investigators said. Included in the sales were a 900,000-volt Taser International Inc. stun gun valued at $57 and a $400 "Air Taser" that delivers a 50,000-volt disabling shock through darts connected by wires to the weapon.

"You wouldn't want these used in either illegal activities or horseplay," Spitzer spokesman Paul Larrabee said. "Dangerous devices should not be in the hands of those unable to properly use them and you certainly don't want them used in any criminal activity."

EBay was never a target of the investigation, Larrabee said.

New York residents who bid on an illegal weapon will receive an electronic warning from eBay that the transaction is illegal and that any purchase will be reported to authorities.

Anyone bidding on items on eBay has to fill out a registration with the company that includes the bidder's address.

EBay has also sent letters to stun-gun sellers to warn them that the sale of such weapons in New York and other states is illegal.

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Portugal is in a "deep funk" since joining the European Union
"The Sad Latins." by Matthew Kaminski, The Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2005 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112793967589954860,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep

Portugal isn't supposed to be in this deep a funk almost a generation after joining the European Union. Next door, Spain thrives. After a troubled decade or two in the EU, Greece recently got its act together. The "New Europeans," those 10 new countries who joined a year ago, are shaking up the club. Not Portugal.

The problem is the economy. It declined 1% in 2003, grew 1% last year, and might grow a statistically meaningless 0.5% in 2005. On the income league tables, Greece last year passed Portugal, making the country the poorest among the old EU-15, not counting the latest members.

Why did the Irish and Spanish bloom and the Portuguese not after joining Europe? The disappointment for Brussels, so eager to claim credit for the "Celtic Tiger" and the "Spanish miracle," is that EU membership has little and EU aid nothing to do with whether a country succeeds.

It's all about the policies. A generation ago, Ireland invested heavily in education. Portugal didn't. In the last decade, Spain carried out a second wave of economic reforms, principally to straighten out the budget and loosen up labor market regulations. Portugal's rulers opened the spending spigots.

The hangover from the 1990s party won't pass quickly. As Portugal met the Maastricht criteria to join the euro zone, interest rates converged with the rest of the Continent. The Portuguese people and government felt richer than they in reality were. The borrowing craze took household indebtedness as a share of disposable income from under 50% in the early 1990s to over 120% today.

The then-Socialist government directed spending at job-creating public works and threw the budget deep into the red. In 2001, the fiscal deficit hit 4.1%, breaching the Stability and Growth Pact limits and bringing EU censure (back then, those rules were enforced). Today, the fiscal deficit is 6.2% and the government eats up half of GDP. In the last decade, Portugal grew without improving productivity or building the foundations for future development. As one former finance minister quipped, "We spend like the Germans, but we produce like Moroccans."

This debt-induced consumption came to a brutal halt when the global economy imploded in 2001. In the years since, the world has recovered, but Portugal hasn't. The infrastructure built up in the 1990s -- the pride of the EU structural aid program -- stands around underused. What good are all these highways when there aren't enough trucks moving cargo on them?

As in Italy, it is tempting to blame the euro. The low interest rates deluded the Portuguese into borrowing beyond their means. Now the government can't loosen monetary policy to get out of the hole. "If we were in Latin America or Asia, we'd be devaluing the currency right now," says Carlo Almeida Andrade, an economics professor at the Catholic University in Lisbon. "But I say, 'Look, we'd be in big trouble without the euro.'" The euro makes Portugal seem stable. Investors are staying put. But the euro by itself won't fix Portugal's deeper problems.

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Please warn your students about some of the dangers in Facebook
(which has nearly 6,000 new students registering per day)

My guess is that many of your students use Facebook, here is some cautionary advice on using this tool from the Boston Globe.

Jim Borden Villanova University

“When students open up -- a little too much:  Colleges cite risks of frank online talk,”
By Sarah Schweitzer, Boston Globe, September 26, 2005 ---
http://snipurl.com/FacebookDangers

Last school year, Brandeis University junior Emily Aronoff tapped this sentiment into a computer: ''I enjoy the festive greens."

The reference to marijuana became part of her profile on facebook.com, the online student catalogue that allows Aronoff and tens of thousands of collegians to share photos and idiosyncratic odds and ends of their lives, intended for viewing by other students.

But others were reading as well -- including ''an individual in the community," she said, who shared the reference with her parents in Marietta, Ga. Eventually, word reached her grandmother.

''My bubbe," she said, using the Yiddish word for grandmother, ''told me her seniors home was abuzz with the news, and I was like: 'I hate the Facebook.' "

As the Facebook has become a phenomenon at schools across the country -- a virtual bible for campus socializing and networking -- the unintended consequences of overly comprehensive, brutally frank, or mischievous entries are surfacing.

Colleges and universities are increasingly taking steps to help students avoid pitfalls -- most critically, those that put students at risk for stalking and harassment. At Tufts University this year, freshmen-orientation leaders encouraged students to omit detailed personal information from their profiles, such as dormitory room numbers and class schedules. Boston College plans to do the same next year, and Boston University has instructed residential advisers on offering guidance on Facebook matters.

Meanwhile, Brandeis held an hour-long seminar last week on Facebook savvy -- recommending safety tips, but also telling students to consider future employers, professors, or family members who might read Facebook entries. Indeed, some Brandeis administrators said at the meeting -- to open-mouthed reactions of students attending -- that they have begun reading Facebook entries before hiring a student for campus positions.

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This was a Tidbit on July 5, 2005 --- http://www.trinity.edu/%7Erjensen/tidbits/2005/tidbits050705.htm

The Facebook:  Meeting on campus ain't what it used to be
Constantly updated by its 2.8 million registered users at more than 800 colleges and universities, the Facebook takes the local malt shop social nexus of the 1950s and makes it universal. Started by three Harvard sophomores in February 2004 as an online directory to connect the higher education world through social networks, the Facebook now registers more than 5,800 new users a day. ''It becomes part of your daily routine. It's e-mail, the news, the weather, Facebook,'' said Lucas Garza, a senior from San Antonio studying aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Users of Facebook, http://www.thefacebook.com , can post a photo and a profile of themselves for free. The profiles include as little or as much information as the user desires, including basic biographies, lists of hobbies and interests, even home address and cell phone number.
"Facebook an Internet Sensation on Campus," The New York Times, July 2, 2005 --- http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Facebook-Frenzy.html

Also see Also see http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68083,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_6


From the Scout Report on September 30

SharpReader 0.9.6.0 http://www.sharpreader.net/index.html 

With more and more websites offering RSS feeds, curious users may be looking for a program that can effectively handle all of this desired information. The SharpReader application will allow users to corral these various feeds, and also to view connected items in a threaded fashion. The program can show these connections if they have the same link or if both items link to the same external webpage. This version of SharpReader is compatible with all operating systems running Windows 98 or newer.

Bob Jensen's discussion of RSS can be found at http://www.trinity.edu/~rjensen/245glosf.htm#ResourceDescriptionFramework


GM at the brink

"High Gasoline Prices, Delphi Woes Pressure GM's Credit Ratings," by Lee Hawkins, Jr. and Simona Covel, The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2005; Page B4 ---
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112787379331754209,00.html?mod=todays_us_marketplace

General Motors Corp., already saddled with junk credit ratings, is under renewed pressure from debt-rating firms concerned about the impact of high gasoline prices and the cost of a potential bailout of former parts unit Delphi Corp.

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services credit analyst Scott Sprinzen, at a conference in New York, said S&P has grown more concerned since it last downgraded GM's rating on May 5. The double-B credit rating, which carries a negative outlook, could be under pressure. "We're not feeling all that sanguine about the ratings, even at these revised levels," said Mr. Sprinzen, an analyst in S&P's auto group.

Mr. Sprinzen's comments came a day after Fitch downgraded GM's rating to double-B from double-B-plus -- two notches below investment grade -- mainly because of GM's inability to reduce fixed costs, high gas prices, and "heightened financial risks to GM associated with resolution of the Delphi restructuring."

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September 30, 2005 message from Scott Bonacker [lister@BONACKERS.COM]

Some PDF documents include a copy protection scheme based on unique fonts that don't map to standard latin characters. While looking for information on that I came across a document spelling out the standards for long-term storage of electronic documents in Australia.

The document discusses reasons for accepting or not accepting several document formats based on expected long-term usefulness.

The standards document is at:

www.prov.vic.gov.au/vers/standard/pdf/99-7-4_Advice_ver_2-0.pdf 

And more information is listed at:

http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/vers/publications/default.htm 

Scott Bonacker, CPA
Springfield, Missouri


When will a moored palm tree in a tub mark the site of the North Pole?
The floating cap of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean shrank this summer to what is probably its smallest size in at least a century of record keeping, continuing a trend toward less summer ice, a team of climate experts reported yesterday.  That shift is hard to explain without attributing it in part to human-caused global warming, the team's members and other experts on the region said.
Andrew C. Revkin, "In a Melting Trend, Less Arctic Ice to Go Around," The New York Times, January 29, 2005 --- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/29/science/29ice.html


New Electronic Books

Literature Project --- http://www.literatureproject.com/

University of Adelaide Library’s collection of Web books --- http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/

The Essays of Francis Bacon --- http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/mike_donnelly/bacon.htm

The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe --- http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Texts/Marlowe.html

Online Books Library (including some banned books) --- http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html
The above site is not a free book site.  You might identify something like a banned book and then find it free at another search site --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm#ElectronicBooks

Barnes and Noble Book Browser --- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bookbrowser/Welcome.asp?

Beowulf in Hypertext --- http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~beowulf/main.html

Story Code Book Finder --- http://www.storycode.com/

Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), and in particular to Les Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) --- http://fleursdumal.org/

A Small Anthology of Poems from the English Department of Western Michigan University --- http://unix.cc.wmich.edu/~cooneys/poems/

What is poetry?  http://www.poetrymagic.co.uk/

Poetry Connection --- http://www.poetryconnection.net/

HAIKU for PEOPLE --- http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/

Bob Jensen's links to electronic books and journals are at  http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm#ElectronicBooks 




Science, Math, and Engineering Humor --- http://www.abouttimeacres.com/JustForFun/AcademicHumor.htm




Fraud Updates --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
For earlier editions of New Bookmark s go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm 
Archives of Tidbits: Tidbits Directory --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm

Click here to search Bob Jensen's web site if you have key words to enter --- Search Site.
For example if you want to know what Jensen documents have the term "Enron" enter the phrase Jensen AND Enron. Another search engine that covers Trinity and other universities is at http://www.searchedu.com/.

International Accounting News (including the U.S.)

AccountingEducation.com and Double Entries --- http://www.accountingeducation.com/
        Upcoming international accounting conferences --- http://www.accountingeducation.com/events/index.cfm
        Thousands of journal abstracts --- http://www.accountingeducation.com/journals/index.cfm
Deloitte's International Accounting News --- http://www.iasplus.com/index.htm
Association of International Accountants --- http://www.aia.org.uk/ 
WebCPA --- http://www.webcpa.com/
FASB --- http://www.fasb.org/
IASB --- http://www.fasb.org/
Others --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob1.htm

Gerald Trite's great set of links --- http://iago.stfx.ca/people/gtrites/Docs/bookmark.htm 

Richard Torian's Managerial Accounting Information Center --- http://www.informationforaccountants.com/ 

 

Professor Robert E. Jensen (Bob) http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen
Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Voice: 210-999-7347 Fax: 210-999-8134  Email:  rjensen@trinity.edu